Engineering and Physics

The Sc.B. degree program in Engineering-Physics, sponsored jointly by the Division of Engineering and the Department of Physics, provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles underlying modern technology. Specifically, it gives those who are interested in applied technical problems a strong background in physics and mathematics beyond that given in the standard engineering program. Students take a significant part of the usual engineering and physics programs, obtain substantial laboratory experience, and take several upper-level courses focusing on applied physics. The program allows students to take either the standard physics or engineering programs during their first two years and then switch to this combined program.

The total number of physical science courses required for the program is 19. (We assume that a student begins his or her mathematics courses at Brown with MATH 0170 or its equivalent. Students who begin in MATH 0200 or equivalent are encouraged but not required to take an additional upper-level mathematics course.)

The courses are as follows:

Select one of the following Series:2
Foundations of Mechanics
   and Foundations of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
Analytical Mechanics
   and Introduction to Relativity and Quantum Physics
Introduction to Engineering
   and Dynamics and Vibrations
Select one of the following Series:2
Advanced Placement Calculus
   and Intermediate Calculus
Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
   and Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
Select three additional higher-level math, applied math, or mathematical physics (PHYS 0720) courses.3
CSCI 0040Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving (or higher-level programming course such as CSCI 0150.)1
Select one of the following Series:2
Electricity and Magnetism
   and Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
Electricity and Magnetism
   and Applied Electromagnetics
PHYS 0500Advanced Classical Mechanics1
or ENGN 1370 Advanced Engineering Mechanics
PHYS 1410Quantum Mechanics A1
PHYS 1420Quantum Mechanics B1
PHYS 1530Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics1
or ENGN 0720 Thermodynamics
ENGN 1620Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits1
Select one of the following:1
Mechanics of Solids and Structures
Fluid Mechanics
Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
A physics course on continuum mechanics.
Select one of the following:1
Photonics and Applications
Materials Science
Experiments in Modern Physics
Select one of the following:1
Modern Physics Laboratory
Introduction to Semiconductors and Semiconductor Electronics
An approved 2000-level engineering or physics course.
A thesis under the supervision of a physics or engineering faculty member:1
Senior Conference Course
Independent Studies in Engineering
Independent Study in Engineering
Total Credits19

In addition, students must take four courses in the humanities and social sciences. They are encouraged to consider taking courses dealing with the philosophical, ethical, or political aspects of science and technology.

To accommodate the diverse preparation of individual students, variations of the above sequences and their prerequisites are possible by permission of the appropriate concentration advisor and the instructors involved.

It is required that each student's degree program be submitted for prior approval (typically in semester four) and scrutinized for compliance (in semester seven) by one faculty member from the Department of Physics and one faculty member from the Division of Engineering.